Arrival at Lhasa and transfer to hotel.
You will arrive in Lhasa and be transferred to Hotel Yabshi or Kiychu to relax after jetlag.
Sightseeing around the spectacular Lhasa
We will do sightseeing around Lhasa and have an acclimatization day. It’s very important that everyone becomes used to the high altitude. We will go to visit the famous Patala Palace and some amazing monasteries where all the monks do their meditation and prayers.
Visit to famous Potala Palace
The Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century and symbolizes Tibetan Buddism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the white and red palaces with their ancestry buildings, is built on the red mountain in the center of Lhasa Valley at an altitude of 3700 meters.
Paddle the Toulung Chu
We will head to the river today and test out how we feel paddling at the highest point in the world. It’s a fun whitewater adventure only 1 hour from Lhasa. It is a perfect warm-up for paddling into Tibet but it is recommended that you are physically fit and have acclimatized in Lhasa for a few days so you are ready for this trip. We will paddle 3 hours on the lower section and maybe the next day we will drive back and paddle the challenging upper section as well depending on how people are feeling.
Drive to the Reting Tsangpo River.
This incredible river journey was first paddled in 2005. We take a gear boat and say good-bye to the road for four days, carrying our supplies along with us. We access the Reting Tsangpo by its north fork, beginning as a small alpine stream with amazing views of the Nyenchen Thanglha range near Namtso. The North fork enters the main river on day 2 and we paddle big water through incredible alpine juniper forests and past nomad camps. In high water, big volume rapids are interspersed by lazy flat sections and awesome surf waves for kayakers. This is the quintessential Tibetan rafting experience. Its a wonderful mix of mountains, nomads, monasteries and the whitewater is bound to make this a classic.
Today we will plan to paddle a couple of hours.
We will have an early morning breakfast and drive to the put-in point and depending on the time we may paddle that day. If we arrive on or before lunchtime we will paddle a couple of hours today, if we arrive after lunch we will stay overnight at the put-in point, driving is 4 hours.
Paddle a full day, find a nice camp near the Reting Monastery to stay.
After a lovely breakfast cooked by our personal cook, we will get on the water and paddle for the day and find a nice campsite near the Reting Monastery so we can explore it and surrounding areas.
Paddling and exploring the Tibet
Delight in another day of paddling and exploring spectacular Tibet and its monasteries.
Last full day of whitewater paddling
This day will be our last full day on the water on the picturesque Reting Chu River. Let’s enjoy this as much as we can and experience the beautiful views and see the way the Tibetan nomads live their everyday life. Make camp at the take out point and then load the van and truck for our next river the incredible Drigung Chu the following day.
We will drive to the Drigung Chu River.
After breakfast, we will drive to the Drigung Chu River. Arrive at the relaxing Drigung hot springs and set up camp on the riverside. Head up to visit the hot springs and then prepare for our next paddling day.
In the morning we will visit the hot springs and nunnery. In the afternoon we will paddle some primo whitewater on the Drigung Chu.
In the morning, we will visit the hot springs, nunnery and after lunch, we will go whitewater kayaking and rafting. Make camp at the riverside.
Get on the water for another wonderful day on Drigung chu.
Today we will have a nicely cooked breakfast prepared by our Tibetan cook and then pack up everything onto our truck or van and then get on the water for another wonderful day of whitewater on the incredible Drigung Chu. After we finish paddling we will drive to Lhasa around 3 and a half hours. Overnight in a hotel in Lhasa and enjoy a hot shower.
Note: Dinner not included
We will drive to the Yarlung Tsangpo River
After a quick breakfast, we will drive to the Yarlung Tsangpo River which is the biggest river in Tibet in terms of volume and paddle for two days. This is a truly unforgettable whitewater paddling journey as you are immersed deep in the heart of Tibet and all its wildness.
Find a nice camp spot with a sandy beach and enjoy our night out in the Tibetan river environment.
Enjoy amazing whitewater paddling in the morning and then we will pack up all our gear into our truck and van.
After breakfast, we will pack up all our gear into our truck and van. This will be; anything that we are not going to use on the water apart from our paddling gear.
Paddle for a couple of hours until lunchtime and then pack up everything for the last time into the truck including all our kayaks and rafts. Sit back relax and enjoy the scenic drive back to Lhasa. This evening we will have our farewell dinner with local guides and international guides to finish off our night of nights of our Tibet, top of the world paddling trip!
Fly back to home.
Fly back home and people who are flying to Kathmandu, Nepal transfer to airport.